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Southern Side: Cornbread

Last week, when my older brother was in town, he requested ribs and cornbread for dinner. I had to work late so the entire dinner was left to my dad to prepare. My dad does a great job, but in my opinion, he takes a little too much help from the store, and didn't make the cornbread. Now, I'm curious to test out cornbread recipes, so I've decided to make some as a side dish for Easter dinner tomorrow. An excellent all-American, quintessentially Southern side dish, cornbread (or cornbread muffins) pairs wonderfully with ham, chili, and fried chicken. To add the recipe to your collection please

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup yellow corn meal (suggested brand: Albers)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a medium bow.
  3. Combine milk, eggs, vegetable oil and butter in a small bowl; mix well.
  4. Add to flour mixture; stir just until blended. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Serves 12.

For Muffins: Spoon batter into 18 to 20 greased or paper-lined muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool slightly. Serve warm.

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kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I love cornbread. I have been looking for a good recipe!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I'm not a huge cornbread fan, but with chili? Perfect combo!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
oh yum'o! I remember when i was watching opera, faith hill was showing how to make her grannys famous corn bread. She said that you can only make a really good corn bread with a really old skillet. Shes like: opera im sending you an old skillet, and shes like: oooooo k. hahaha
andaman andaman 10 years
I have never tasted one in my life! I must try this with a stew or something. Thanks yum!
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
Oh, honey..... cornbread isn't sweet. That's cake. See ZergGirl's recipe above. Now THAT's cornbread.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Sounds great!
ZergGirl ZergGirl 10 years
Kelly O is right...heating the pan makes it crispy. And--transfat horror--melted Crisco is the best thing to use to grease the pan. Just put a spoonful in the pan, stick it in the oven, and it's all ready by the time you've got the mix ready. Easiest Cornbread Ever: 2 cups cornmeal, 1 egg, over 3/4 cup but not 1 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup water. Stir til mixed & not lumpy. Pour into heated pan with melted Crisco, cook at 325 until the bread pulls away from the edges of the pan (@ 20 mins or so). And Alabama Cornbread is NEVER EVER sweet. Never. Ever. :)
Wicked Wicked 10 years
Delicious! I love it when it's moist.
Kelly-O Kelly-O 10 years
Make sure to heat whatever you cook the cornbread in before you put in the batter. If you have a cast-iron skillet, that works best and makes the best crispy crust. A cast-iron muffin or cornbread pan works too. But heat it first, that's what helps with the perfect crunchy outside.
cupcake17 cupcake17 10 years
I'm def going to try this recipe. I'm stuck with a recipe for way-too-dry cornbread. Yuck!
Leoschoice Leoschoice 10 years
I've never had cornbread either... But that should be fixed soon, I'm hosting a diner party and cornbread will do just fine :) Thanks for the idea !
yrschatool yrschatool 10 years
Any corn bread is fine by me!
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I've never had cornbread, I should definitely try this recipe out then!
wynter wynter 10 years
I always make a non-sweet cornbread. I don't know the measurements though since I've been making this for as long as I can remember and just eyeball it. Mix together about 2 cups of corn meal (white or yellow), 1 egg, 3/4 cup of milk or so until mixed well (you want the batter to be slightly thick)...add more milk if needed Melt about 4 Tbsp butter in a cast iron skillet (I guess any type of skillet/dish that can go into the oven would be okay). Pour the batter into the cast iron skillet and bake in a preheated oven on 350 for 20 or so minutes until brown. I love sweet cornbreads like the one posted from time to time too. :)
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 10 years
Yummy, cornbread. That and a big dish of chili sounds fantastic right now! bobcatsteph3, I'm from Ohio and I've actually been to Hoggy's. But I've never tried their cornbread. I'll have to remember that on my next visit!
audreystar audreystar 10 years
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
This is a great post! I just got my first cast iron pans and am trying to find the perfect cornbread recipe for them. I would be grateful as well to those who post their favs. I love the sweet kind, if there are any Ohioans reading, I think Hoggy's BBQ has the greatest cornbread around. Though from what I've read the Southerners would disagree, so I'd love to try the not-so-sweet kind for chilis, etc. too.
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